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Comic Riffs: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

The E-Mailbag: When Candidates Utter the Ideas of Others

Four candidates running for the White House. Two political rock stars. And one big fat godsend for humorists. The nation's cartoonists are having a field day with the election that, for many, doubles as entertainment fix. Which is why we...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: The Envelope, Please, for the Riffy Awards...

Time once again, boys and girls, for the week's Riffy Awards. (Creators) Enlarge Comic 1. FAVORITE BALLOON: All week, "Agnes" has featured the costumed classroom exploits of Wellness Woman. Today, Agnes's second-panel rejoinder to her teacher is: "A better question...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 12, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Riff: Secrets That Cartoonists Don't Want You to Know...

Yesterday, in the spirit of encouraging potentially talented artists -- and more so, to discourage the talentless so they would not toil for decades in vain -- we offered a Comic Riffs Quiz for Aspiring Cartoonists. Some of you, it...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 11, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: ¡Viva la Revolucion, Mon!

In theory, it should not work. You should not be able to dress up rats and cats and ducks as agents and soldiers and rastafarians and have it, on paper, be this entertaining. "Noooo zeeeba, no cry..." (UFS) Enlarge Comic...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 11, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Riff: Take This Quiz and Become a Famous Cartoonist!

Every now and again, an aspiring artist accosts us with a portfolio the size of a small watercraft and asks: "Do I have what it takes to make it as a professional cartoonist?" To which we reply: "Absolutely not."...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 10, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: Need a Friend? Dial 1-555-TED-4RTH

For years, Ted Forth has been as reliable as grout. Silly, mildly sarcastic and always as comfortable as old Hush Puppies, Ted could be counted on. He was the warm comic foil who could withstand anything. He was the...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 10, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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The Interview: Jim Borgman of 'Zits'

He wins the respect of his peers. He wins the big cartooning awards, including the Pulitzer. And he most certainly keeps winning legions of fans. JIM BORGMAN, who co-creates the comic strip "Zits" with Jerry Scott, has accomplished much in...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 9, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Morning Line: When Timeliness Is Next to Godliness...

One poster to this blog, "MSchafer," inquired several days ago about Turnaround Time. That is, what is the window between when a syndicated cartoonist submits a strip and when readers can hear the newspaper cartoon land in their shrubbery or...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 9, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Riff: Vote Now to Adopt-a-Dog...

Now that we're reading "Little Dog Lost" religiously in The Post, we've come to a quick conclusion: This is about the saddest, most melancholy pooch we've ever encountered on mainstream comic pages. Is the moon half-full or half-empty? (WPWG)Enlarge Comic...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Morning Line: "Non Sequitur's" Misbegotten Sex Scandal...

Wiley, Wiley, Wiley. (Sigh.) You know better than this. But we have renamed our staff restrooms for Larry Craig. (UPS) Enlarge Comic Talented "Non Sequitur" cartoonist Wiley Miller can skewer the media with the best of 'em. Over the years,...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 8, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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